The BMW M5, newly introduced for 1998, effectively reinvented the popular notion of a sports sedan. Jaguar had just introduced an XJR with 365 bhp, and Mercedes-Benz’s latest E55 pumped out 350, so BMW responded last, after a three-year absence, with an automotive knock-out punch: the E39 M5. Its sexy, muscular bodywork concealed a 5.0-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with double VANOS variable valve-timing, producing roughly 400 bhp and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Sitting on stunning 18-inch double-spoke, mixed-width alloy wheels, daring drivers could sprint to sixty in just 4.7 seconds, faster even than a Porsche 911, while roaring through the gears with a 7,000 rpm redline and a throaty exhaust note blaring through four exhaust tips.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
400 bhp, 5.0-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with double VANOS variable valve timing, six-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 111.4".
Source: RM Auctions
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